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upon her direction other western nations are sure to join us. an american led invasion of north africa. to be clear that's what these folks are asking sarah palin to do. this is not ms. palin's own idea. this is actually a moment when there is a real center in american policy. the center is a bipartisan thing but it doesn't mean that everybody is in the center. that does it for us tonight. policy. does not mean everybody is in the center. "first look" is up next. million man march. the egyptian kpt braces for a new protest. state of emergency. a major winter storm bears down on a large portion of the united states. and danger zone. a volcano in southern japan wakens with a vengeance. good morning, i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with egypt on the edge. opponents of president hosni mubarak have called for 1 million ee gipgss to join force against their leader. as egyptians take to the streets, americans flow out of the country. we have the latest from cairo. john, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. a morning here that could be make or break for president mubarak. overnight in tahrir square, liberation square, there were still thousands of people overnight there. numbers swelling this morning. i'm looking down from our office here and i see a steady stream of people heading up to join the protest. you know, we have said all along here that if president mubarak loses the army, then he loses the presidency. that's why this statement from
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the army overnight is so significant. not so much that we will not shoot people marching today. nobody expected them to do that. but the fact, and i quote, we recognize the legitimacy of your demands. now, that comes close to taking sides. the army splintering away from the president. that doesn't mean, however, it's going to be easy for people taking to the streets today. there are roadblocks around the city center. we're told the security forces are trying to at best stop people coming in. of course, there are the police. as we know, they are quite capable of using very fearsome and lethal force. >> thanks so much. a staggering swath of the nation is under one kind of winter weather advisory or another this morning as a co-lal sal storm carves a path from colorado to the east coast. forecasters are calling for heavy snow, bitter cold, forcing as much of a third of the country to brace fort worse.
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nbc kurt gregory has our report. >> reporter: mother nation's icy grip being felt already in the rockies and great plains. a massive winter storm bearing down on a huge geographic area. 33 states have issued winter storm and blizzard watches or warnings. >> there are a lot offagetives being tossed around with a storm. disastrous, crippling, catastrophic. >> reporter: this storm is expected to drop more than a foot of snow across a stretch of 2 100 miles. roads already treacherous in minnesota. kansas opening national guard armories to serve as shelters. >> o'hare airport's closed at 6:00 but -- >> reporter: chicago braces for its first storm since the blizzard of 1967. up to 2 feet of snow expected. >> this time we may potentially be dealing with a storm of historic proportions. >> reporter: the other major concern is ice. the weather channel is
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forecasting heavy ice. an inch or more stretching along a 1500-mile line from central missouri to central ohio. an inch of ice accumulation would weight down power lines, perhaps even break power lines. we're talking about trees down on power lines, perhaps trees down on homes. widespread power outages are expected. winter's fury continues with no end in sight. kurt gregory, nbc news. nbc meteorologist bill karins is tracking this monster winter storm for us. bill, give us the bad news. we know it's here. >> yeah, everything's right on schedule, lynn. we thought oklahoma and texas would be the worst this morning, later on today the worse will head up from st. louis to chicago. the big show right now is down in the dallas to oklahoma city area. the lightning strikes. this storm has such dynamics with it. all the yellow flashes are lightning strikes. where you see the blue and the white, that's the heavier snow. the green is the rain.
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the pink is where you get that mix in between. prit now we've got a thunderstorm over the top of dallas producing heavy sleet. the temperatures are plunging there. oklahoma city blizzard warnings for you. your windchill is minus 7 with blowing and drifting snow. abilene, texas, had three hours of thunder snow and 5 inches on the ground. all of that has to sweep across texas, oklahoma and head up into missouri later on today. you notice we have a little break now from chicago, indianapolis got a coating of ice last night. more is on the way. there's also, if you're waking up in new england, some light snow has moved through. an inch of snow from new york city and areas north of southern new england. i'll pinpoint snowfall forecasts, ice forecasts for you. the treacherous two days. >> that ice, that's what's going to be brutal. bill, thanks so much. the justice department says it will appeal a florida judge's ruling declaring the obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional.
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judge roger vincent shot down the plan saying the government would be violating americans' rights by forcing them to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. the white house called the ruling in health care challenge of 26 of the 50 states a, quote, plain case of judicial overreaching. the case appears destined to be heard by the u.s. supreme court. well, they have nailed countless rolling stoppers at intersections around the country. those tiny little cameras inside traffic lights. they're responsible for keeping track of cars that run through red lights. critics say they violate drivers' privacy but a new study out today find those little lenses save a lot of lives. nbc's chris clak uhm has more. >> reporter: wrecks caused by red light runners injured another 113,000 in 2009 alone. the insurance institute for highway safety releases a report this morning that concludes
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those numbers would have been a lot higher were it not for hundreds of cities now using red light cameras at intersections. >> fatal crashes were 25% less than would have been expected from red light running compared to the cities that did not adopt camera enforcement. >> reporter: the report says cameras at intersections are saving lives. mainly because drivers are also interested in saving money. >> that's what we think the psychology of red light camera enforcement is. it makes people aware that this is an infraction that's going to be enforced. people don't want to get tickets. they pay more attention when approaching intersections. >> reporter: the institute estimates if cameras had been in place in all of the country's big cities in a recent five-year period, over 800 deaths could have been avoided. even though critics maintain red light cameras can violate privacy and other rights, over 500 american cities use them today, compared to just 25 ten
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years ago. chris clackum, nbc news. here's your first look at other news going on around america today. in new jersey, afternoon traffic screeched to a halt when a small plane made an emergency landing on busy interstate 80. a fuel line malfunction forced the pilot to put the aircraft down before he could reach a nearby airport. traffic did return to normal after the plane was towed away and thankfully no one was injured. in north carolina, fists were flying during a basketball game. a father, daughter and mother mixed it up with school officials and police after an argument escalated into a full-scale brawl. the incident began when officials asked the female student to change her seat. her mother and father objected. shortly after, punches were thrown. police stepped in and arrested the father. charges against him are unknown. finally in kansas, icy roads led to a nasty spill. road conditions caused a tractor-trailer loaded with pork
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to roll on its side. mounds of the stuff literally littered the highway before crews arrived to clean it up. apparently, they salvaged what they could. now for another look at the national weather, we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, good morning again. you got a grin on your face and i have no idea why. >> i just don't want any salvaged pork. >> yeah, apparently they salvaged it. i have no idea how or why. >> i guess it was still cold enough. >> just throw it away. >> a little road kill added to it. no problem. >> let's throw away your forecast, too, does that sound good? >> yeah. let's talk about the important stuff. blizzard warnings have been issued now for about eight or nine different states. winter storm warnings go all the way from down east maine through new england back through the ohio valley all the way to new mexico. i mean, this is one of the most widespread winter weather events i've seen. not just that it's widespread, that it's also going to be intense throughout the entire track of the storm. now, the blizzard warning is the worst of it.
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those go now from detroit to chicago straight down north of st. louis, just to the south side of kansas city. all ofentral missouri is goingm travel today. now all the way into oklahoma city this morning. now, as far as snowfall accumulations, you can draw a line from oklahoma city to chicago, then chicago to detroit. everyone in that zone is going to pick up 1 to 2 feet of snow during the day today and tonight. then we extend that line from detroit to buffalo, syracuse, albany to boston northward up to portland, maine, burlington, vermont. everyone there should get 1 to 2 feet of snow. just an incredible event. south of there, the other major concern, may be the worst of it, ice accumulations. the pink is significant. the purposele is damaging. indianapolis has a chance for a half inch to an inch of ice with windy conditions. that will bring down trees and power lines. that extends north of columbus, south of cleveland, just to the south side of st. louis. lynn, one of the things we're now expecting is in between
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pittsburgh and new york city, including suburbs of both cities, we'll see a damaging ice storm over the next two days. the worst tonight into tomorrow. that's the thing that's going to catch some people by surprise. areas like new york city and the suburbs of jersey, for the most part, have dealt with snow this winter. we have a cans for significant power outages with this storm. >> and commutes will be messy, all of that. stay with bill karins. he has covered. thank you. well, wall street rebounds. oil boils. who has the most friends on facebook? your first look at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. coming up, lebron james helps the cavs reach another milestone, super bowl teams arrive in dallas and one steeler is dressed for a texas-sized shootout.
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn beret and here are top. s. new york's wnbc says security
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officials are warning wall street banks that al qaeda might be trying to plan acts against them or their officials. operatives have expressed a desire to mail package bombs to u.s. bankers snoop john huntsman is resigning his post ahead of what washington insiders will be a republican run for president in 2012. in a letter submitted to president obama yesterday, the former governor of utah says he's planning to leave by the end of april. a japanese volcano that roared back to life last week had its biggest explosion yet today shooting out a plume of gas, boulders and ash, breaking windows five miles away. no serious injuries have been reported but officials are urging more than 1 nearby residents to evacuate. visitors to washington's library of congress will soon be able to view the first u.s. map printed in north america, created in 1784 it's also the
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first map made after the american revolution and the first map to be copyrighted, along with the first one to feature the american flag. now here's a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11891 after gaining 68 points yesterday. the s&p added nine points. nasdaq rose 13. taking a look at overseas trading, in tokyo the nikkei was up 36 points while in hong kong the hang seng climbed 35. stocks wrapped up the first month of the year on an upswing. that is despite worries the deepening crisis if egypt could undermine global oil supplies. fears it could disrupt deliveries, crude shot up 3% to settle above $92 a barrel. exxonmobil added 2%. and spurred energy stocks thanks to its most profit it'sable quarter in more than two years.
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alocoa led the dow after snapping up an aerospace fastener building. massey energy, the coal producer at the center of last year's miny disaster, soared 10% on news of a $7 billion buyout by alpha natural resources. the dow notched its best january since 1997 thanks in part to a report that consumers spent more than expected in december. on tap today, fresh auto sales figures, manufacturing data and more earnings. embattled automaker chrysler predicks it will return to profit this year after reporting they lost less money last year than the previous quarter. tech bellwether intel cut its output. and facebook may have started out as a campus-based social network but a surprising new study claims women over 40 tend to have up to four times as many facebook friends as their kids. carmelo shows the nets what
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could have been. and one step closer to game time in dallas. plus, salt in the wounds. lebron rubs it in against his hapless former team. your first look at sports is straight ahead. they're coming. seems like from every wireless carrier. you may have heard them already. the doubt-casting. the empty comparisons. while they shout them at the top of their lungs... to try to blur the lines. in the end, just ask yourself, does the network work ?
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. in sports, no matter who you root for you in the nba, had you to feel bad for cleveland when they lost lebron james. yet no one had any idea it would
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turn out this bad for the cavs. here's nbc's fred roggin. >> good tuesday morning. last year the cavaliers, first team to win 40 games. this year first team to lose 40. lebron james had a hand in both milestones. drove by everybody in the second. cavs could not stop lebron or dwyane wade. the cavs haven't stopped anybody this year. wade with a game high 34. after losing lebron you knew cleveland would be bad, just not this bad. they've dropped 21 straight. carmelo anthony took another jab at the nets two weeks after saying he didn't to want play in new jersey, he dropped 37 on them. nets had last laugh, harris with 18 career insists, nets win it. mike conley to gasol and grizzlies up 98-96. final seconds, magic down three. richardson threw one up from somewhere near graceland. that's not going to get it done. grizzlies won it 10 0-97.
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louisville/georgetown. pop and stop to give hoya's a three-point lead. last chance for louisville. georgetown held on to win it 62 -59. super bowl is just days away by troy polamalu has wracked up a big win, edging out clay matthews by two votes. known for his curly locks by a hair. steelers and packers arrived in dallas yesterday. they say everything is bigger in texas, including hines ward's belt buckle. steelers' wide receiver looked ready for an old fashioned shootout. game may be a different story with two best defenses going head to head. packers are two-point favorites. for another quick look at weather, here once again nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning. >> good morning. the main event is in oklahoma
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and texas but the opening act is heading through the ohio valley with a coating of snow over southern new england, including the new york city area and back towards pittsburgh. we're under freezing rain. already getting some ice here in the pis burg area, through central pennsylvania, buffalo, light snow for you. from new york state thruway, buffalo to albany, south wards down 87 to albany to new york city, you'll see coated roads and the snow will be picking up on intensity from albany to boston through southern connecticut. let's take a look at snowfall totals, where the blizzard is currently. oklahoma will get nailed 12 to 18. it's snowing hard right now. st. louis, 4 to 8 for you. more of an icy mess to your south. north of you you'll get nailed with heavy snow. dallas, texas, 2 to 4 inches early today. temperatures now down to 30 degrees. chicago, well advertised blizzard for you. 12 to 18 at least, some areas near 20. same for detroit and buffalo.
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cleveland, 8 to 12. indianapolis and pittsburgh, only 1 to 2 inches of snow because you'll be very icy. same goes for new york city. that's why we're calling for 2 to 4 inches there. a little sleet mixing in for hartford. the blockbuster snow totals will be in central and northern new england. coming up, charlie sheen has a very unique rehab setup. plus, oscar winner halle berry suddenly dromz out of a film role to do battle in court. your first look at entertainment is straight ahead. how can expedia save me even more on my hotel? by giving me ginormous discounts with these: unpublished rates. which means i get an even more rockin' hotel, for less. where you book matters. expedia.
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welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry.
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it was once billed as an applicable split and now halle berry and her exare headed for a custody battle. she backed out of a film to prepare for the battle. her rep told tmz she has, quote, serious concerns for her daughter's well being during any exteended time with ex, gabrielle aubrey. katherine heigl has been set to replace berry. on calling on new york to legalize marriage, she joins mega mccain as daughters of prominent republicans embracing same-sex marriage. charlie sheen is in rehab, sort of. citing privacy concerns, sheen along with cbs and his show producers have found an addiction specialist to help sheen work through his problems, but you see, bill, it's all going to be done oot home, so he doesn't have to go anywhere.
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>> if i ever get in trouble, i want like house arrest. >> if you ever get in trouble? >> yeah, like in a millionaire mansion, you know, it's like -- >> yeah, that's a real slap on the wrist, isn't it? i have a feeling, bill, you'll be just fine. that probably isn't in your dna. >> i have con sin againcy plans. >> you have this whole lifestyle we don't know about. you look so sweet and innocent. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned. protesters, as many as a million have assembled in the streets in cairo hoping again today to move president mubarak be to step down. the question is, has the white house gotten tougher in their rhetoric and their message to president mubarak. here at home, a federal judge rules president obama's health care reform law is unconstitutional. what happens if this goes all the way to the suprem


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